Gender Equality : Meps Set out to Highlight Gender Issues
The European Parliament adopted, on 27 September, a report on equality between women and men in the EU in 2007 which takes as its starting point the fourth annual European Commission report on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in policy areas. While welcoming the initiatives of the European Commission in 2006 ( Road map for equality' and Pact for gender equality'), the report, drafted by Piia-Noora Kauppi (EPP-ED, Finland), makes numerous proposals for promoting gender equality further.
"Although much has been achieved in the past decades, important challenges remain," Kauppi said, especially on employment issues. For example, "the gender pay gap, insecurity in the job market and reconciliation of professional and family life are issues that have a bearing on the lives of millions of women every single day." Another problem is that, "as the Commission reports indicates, six million of the eight million jobs created in the EU since 2000 have been taken up by women [...] However, the majority of new jobs for women are part-time jobs, some of them being unsafe and insecure with low salaries."
EMPLOYMENT AND PENSIONS
MEPs call on the Commission to propose awareness-raising campaigns, the exchange of best practice, dialogues with citizens and public-private partnership initiatives. They also say the Commission should monitor compliance by member states with existing Community policy on male-female equality, particularly employment policy. …